1st June 2009
We left the homestay which is a banglo owned by Shah and Waney around 11 a.m. Luckily we found this bungalow in the middle of the night after searching for about one hour. The bungalow has 4 bedrooms completed with kitchen facilities and equipment, ASTRO, water heater and air-cond. And , it is situated next to Seberang Takir Airport. Just a few minutes walk from the bungalow, there is a stall sells Ikan Celup Tepung (ICT). Hmm.. it was my first time heard another meaning of ICT. All this while, I only know that ICT is stand for Information and Communication Technology.. what a famous abbreviation for local people.
On the way back from TTI (Taman Tamadun Islam), we decided to stop by at Losong to buy some keropok lekor (fish cracker and fish sausage). Seems like keropok lekor has been placed a rank higher than all other local products like batik, songket, turtles eggs and so on. Why?
As you can see from the signboard/roadsign ( picture above), keropok lekor has been placed as important product by the State Government. Visitors can easily find the keropok lekor factory or stall at Losong (one of the most popular place to purchase keropok lekor in Kuala Terengganu) by following the roadsign.
There are so many keropok lekor stalls that are located here at Losong. You can easily find it on your left and right of the roadside. And frankly speaking, the stalls are situated next to each other like 50 meter away. And they are selling all the same type of products which are keropok lekor and fish cracker (keropok keping).
But I was told that the most famous keropok lekor stall among local people here are Keropok Losong Adik-Beradik and Keropok Losong Adnan. Unfortunately, the queue here is not for those who do not have patience. You can see it very clearly below where there is normally a long queue almost all day long in front of the stall where the keropok lekor are made.
Here are some pictures from one of the most popular keropok lekor stalls or shall I say factory, in Losong, Kuala Terengganu.The mixture is being hand-rolled into a sausage form. Ingredients of the mixture: Fish (Ikan Parang or Ikan Kembong), Sago Flour, Salt, Water, Ice Cubes, Pandan Leaves. There are some basic machines at the back of the house to do the mixing processing.
The sausages are thrown into boiling water for a few minutes until they are cooked and ready to be sold. This stall is so popular that the sausages are sold freshly right from the pot with people waiting patiently in a long queue.
At home, the huge and long sausages are cut into smaller pieces and thrown into the pan to be deep-fried until they turn crispy gold. Another option to take Keropok Lekor is to just steam it. This gives it a fishier flavor but tastes as good as the crispy ones according to some people.
Keropok Lekor is ready to be served with their chili sauce, or with own home-made chili sauce if one prefers or shrimp-based sauce is also common. You get the best of it if you take it right after frying when it is still hot, crispy on the outside and tender at the inside.
The State Government has spent so much money and made the effort to put up the roadsign or signboard in order to commercialize and publicize their local product. Same thing should goes to other local product like Batik, Songket, Traditional Boat, Traditional Knife/Parang, Silver Product and so on.